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2015-06-14 03:30 pm

Obligatory Intro Post

Me and My Awesomeness
Hi, everyone! Welcome to my LJ/DW! Some of you who have been on the internet since the dawn of time may know me as Daimira, champion procrastinator and neglecter of assorted websites, shrines, and more abandoned blogs than can be counted. That hardly matters, because I'm awesome, anyway.

I'm a scientist, writer, and government dog all in one tiny 5'0" package that loves dogs, water sports, and crazy insane extreme activities that often involve a lot of falling (or trying not to).

What I'll Probably Be Talking About
Expect a lot of entries about books and music. I might post the occasional book review, usually 2 years or so AFTER a book has reached fame, haha, by which point it has become overrated, and then I will likely just say "Hey, this book is OVERRATED." I enjoy the fantasy and young adult (which is basically just fantasy, anyway) genres, as well as the occasional horror and literary fiction.

I might also post a CD/artist review every now and then (this may actually be up to date). I lean more toward indie pop/ alternative pop and folk, although I do listen to "harder" stuff. However, I am not an indie snob -- kinda hard to be when your favorite artist EVER is half-immersed in mainstream pop. You can check out my Last.FM profile if you want to know more.

I also like a lot of Western TV shows like Chuck, Psych, Monk, House, Buffy, Angel. I love J/K/C-dramas (in that order), such as Nobuta wo Produce, Ikebukuro West Gate Park, the first Gokusen, Nodame Cantabile, Full House, and Coffee Prince, just to name a few. I also love anime and manga, including Rurouni Kenshin, Ouran High School Host Club, Yakitate!! Japan, Cowboy Bebop, Vision of Escaflowne, and Hayao Miyazaki/ Studio Ghibli films. I may or may not flail at idol groups like NEWS, Arashi, V6, and Tokio. /denial

If you and I share similar interests or are in the same fandom (see above) and usually have conversations, feel free to add me and I'll do my best to add you back as soon as I can. I don't lock many of my entries, though, so if you're just a casual visitor, you're not missing much.
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2013-03-09 03:40 pm
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You will NEVER guess what idiot thing I just did!!!

You guys. GUYS. I just accepted an invitation to be the inspirational speaker at a grade school graduation. Why did I say YES? Why am I cursed with an inability to say "no" to people who ask nicely? It's in less than two weeks!

What. Just. Happened.

On the other hand, I don't know who should be more terrified: the sixth graders or me.

Also, most importantly, I have NOTHING TO WEAR.
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2012-03-28 11:06 am
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Scenes from a Life

I am ripping a piece of paper into little squares.

Supervisor: Why are you ripping paper?
Dai: I am ripping my cédula. Viva Katipunan!*
Supervisor: o_O?
Supervisor: You're strange.

* The Cry of Pugad Lawin /end history lesson.
** No community tax certificates were harmed. Just a blank piece of paper.
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2012-01-23 11:57 am
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Oh, look, I'm making a post.

 I'm only here because both Twitter and Tumblr keep going down and won't let me post and I needed somewhere to say that Strawberry Night is amazing.  I have high expectations for the rest of this drama.

Also, Takeuchi Yuko is awesome.  But that is not news.  It is merely an irrefutable fact that has been and always will be true.  Thank you.

(This post may turn up in my Tumblr three times, since the site seems buggy.  I do not care.)
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2011-12-24 07:57 am

My Dog Hates Christmas (and New Year's Eve)

Because of all the fireworks everywhere, poor thing. So doubtless I will be spending Christmas Eve comforting a frightened dog and trying to stop him from climbing onto my bed (and lying on me -_-;)

I hope you all have a better day than my dog, though! XD

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2011-12-11 09:04 am
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Five Things (a meme)

Comment to this post, and I will list five things I associate with you. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your LJ (or just add a reply back to me). Other people (including me) can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

From karenjeane: Chemistry, J-Dramas, Jason Mraz, Tennis, Young Adult Novels.

This gets really long because I talk about things I like... )
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2011-11-07 09:34 pm
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In Which My Family Successfully Foils My Holiday Plans

Since my family's definition of a holiday is the complete opposite of mine, I spent most of the day outside. As an explanation, holidays for me equals sleeping in until I get hungry, eating, and sleeping some more. For them, it usually involves waking me up at an ungodly hour (earlier than when I have to work, even!) and dragging me outdoors.

Since it was raining most of the weekend, however, my father's plans for us to go swimming were cancelled (fortunately, because though I love swimming, I abhor swimming in the nearby resorts which are usually overrun with children). But though today dawned bright and sunny, it was my mother's plans we followed and we wound up going to the mall, where I immediately commenced a shopping spree and I just have to ask retailers this:


I don't get it. Last year, my size would range from small to large, depending on the clothing store. Now? It ranges from EXTRA SMALL to EXTRA LARGE! WTF? Oh, and when shopping from the same boutique, I bought three blouses: one was medium, one was large, and one was extra large. Again, this was the same boutique!

I really miss the days when I was a medium everywhere. What is going on? How can one store's extra small be another's extra large? I DON'T UNDERSTAND. Oh, while we're at it--


Unless I'm flat as a washboard -- or have a dent in my chest, maybe -- I am apparently going to have the hardest time buying clothes. There is something wrong going on here! I'm not even

I'm sorry if this should not be a surprise, but for the past four years I only bought clothes from catalogues (I'm still a medium in those) or out of the country (which use the number sizes, so idk).

Anyway, that aside. I went to see In Time after my shopping spree and let me just say: IT IS A MOVIE I WILL WILLINGLY WATCH THREE TIMES. ON MUTE. BECAUSE WHO CARES ABOUT PLOT WITH THAT MUCH PRETTY? I mean, Justin Timberlake -- pfft, I don't care about you. BUT MATT BOMER. ALEX PRETTYFER PETTYFER. CILLIAN MURPHY. VINCENT KARTHEISER, HELLO. And Amanda Seyfried is always pretty!

Can I just say that I find it sad that Justin outlived everyone that was prettier than him, though?

The plot was kind of hilarious, though. There were several gaping plot holes and the clock was too much of a Deus Ex Machina at times. And how do you even transfer time just by clasping hands, idk. But who cares? Pretty!

Now, however, I feel about to sink into a food coma because I had too many carbs today (Japanese for lunch, Chinese for dinner). So that's all I have to say about today. Which actually, seems like a lot now. And I have to be up early tomorrow for a seminar, so blargh. I hope I can stay awake through it.
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2011-08-31 01:35 am
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I made a list today

Things I Am Horrible At
  1. keeping in touch
  2. being patient
  3. waking up early
  4. just waking up
  5. prudent consumption of post-it notes
  6. resisting urges to communicate entirely in post-it notes
  7. crossing things off my to-do list
  8. talking to people on the telephone
  9. being tall (complete and utter failure)
  10. small talk
  11. not looking like a high school student
  12. taking less than 30 minutes in the shower
  13. finding my keys
  14. remembering that i'm holding my keys
  15. being sane.
meissa: (oh rain)
2011-08-12 02:09 pm
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writer's wall

I've been itching to write this story for weeks now. I've tweeted about it a couple of times, made a playlist, have an outline. But for some reason, the words won't come out the way I want them to. So I'm shelving it for the moment and hauling it out again for NanoWriMo, when hopefully I get my mojo back. If I had any mojo to begin with.

Those on Twitter might have seen me complaining about one of my big writing "problems" recently, and are probably sick of hearing it, but I am just really frustrated by how I seem to have gotten stuck in a sort of comic mentality. Granted, my angst and drama have always been lightened by sarcasm, but this time it's just really awful. I don't even know how to describe things anymore. I just spit out dumb dialogue that's probably funny only to myself and then keep on going. I don't even READ funny books or WATCH funny shows so I don't know what's influencing me this time. (I'm currently avoiding Terry Pratchett because there was a time I started thinking with footnotes.)

This shouldn't be a big deal (and really, it isn't), but I just need to complain because solutions/changes always happen or appear when I do, haha. And I really need to write the story some day because the imagery won't get out of my head. It would be fine if it were pleasant imagery, but... everything's on fire! And fire scares me, so I would really rather it goes away.
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2011-06-02 12:38 pm
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Because I am fluffly and go "baaaaaaaa"!

I'm going to do a voice post because I follow the herd! I just... don't know what to talk about. So does anyone have suggestions? XD? Otherwise I will just sing torture eardrums or something.

I lied. I'm just vain and like the sound of my own voice.
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2011-04-22 06:00 pm
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This is basically just an "I'm alive!" entry

I realize I haven't been around much and haven't actually been reading anybody's Dreamwidth/Livejournal entries due to work being insane and my spare time being sucked up by Tumblr, which was unexpected, but... (If you're curious, you can see my "Daimira is still somewhat sane" Tumblr over here. I have another one for crazy fangirling also linked there, but I'm warning you, it really IS full of crazy fangirling...)

Lately, I haven't been doing much writing or artsy things because I don't have a lot of free time, and I probably won't until around July or so. Anything I write or make these days are usually for someone, though I've got WIPs I'm writing for my own benefit stacked up to the ceiling. My free time is spent playing a lot of Etrian Odyssey II and watching movies and TV (but not actually at the movies or on TV). And eating. Going out for two hour dinners and then getting home at 10 pm, after which I just pass out.

My life is so exciting lately.
meissa: (oh rain)
2011-03-05 09:59 am
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This is a Durarara Review

I finally finished "Durarara!!" and while there were characters that I liked and moments that were entertaining, I don't think it's a series I would willingly put myself through again. I'm not even sure I liked it as a whole.

As a quick synopsis, it's about a bunch of kids living in Ikebukuro who get embroiled in (or initiate) a world of trouble between two gangs and a mindless army of supernaturally brainwashed people. Involves a headless Dullahan (doubly headless because while Dullahan are supposed to CARRY their heads in their hands, she actually LOST hers), a mystical cursed blade, a superstrong berserker, and three high schoolers, to name a few.

there's not a lot of spoilers, but just in case... )
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2011-02-10 07:15 pm
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In Which I Tell You About Another Weird/ Funny Dream

In my quest for the creepies, Vern, directed me toward this Japanese ghost-summoning ritual called "One Man Hide and Seek" which involves rice, a straw doll, and a TV set as a means of determining one's success in actually summoning something.

Eventually it led me to this account (with pictures!) by people who tried it.

Anyway, this ritual seems like potent shit, but that's not the point of this post (although I also really want to creep out my flist, so it's like two birds with one stone!). It just reminded me of a really strange dream I had a few years ago (it's not so much scary but it's rather eerie and yet funny). When my dreams have enough of a plot and are strange enough, I remember them for a really long time.

So, in my dream, I'm with this guy and we're walking around a neighborhood and going in and out of people's houses without any explanation or even asking any permission, and yet the people who lived in the houses just let us in and would occasionally speak to us. This nameless guy told me that he was the guardian of the plane between the world of the living and the world of the dead, and his brother, who was supposed to be in the world of the living, had accidentally switched places with him and he wanted to get them both back to the places where they belonged. Nameless Guardian is a really pretty boy (lol) and I think I was only with him because his brother was a friend of mine.

Anyway, we would go from one house to another and in each one he would take all the rice. Like, every grain of rice, both raw and cooked. At one point, he was even intently scraping all the rice out of a rice cooker while I chatted with the homeowner. I have no idea what he did with the rice and where it all went, but eventually, we stopped going around and settled in front of a TV to watch something. As we were watching, things seemed to shift and there were some crazy swirls for a while that was kind of like being inside a Van Gogh painting. Eventually, everything settled down and the Nameless Guardian announced that we were in the plane between the world of the living and the world of the dead.

And we were indeed in the plane. A plane. Actually, it was an AIRPLANE. At this point I woke up.

There's no point or ending, lol, and yeah, I have odd dreams, I guess? They're usually kind of unsettling, but there's always ALWAYS something in them that's oddly funny. Like the time I was supposed to save the world but, in order to fly, I had to stand inside an expandable envelope. Or the time when I dreamed I was in Japan and this colleague of mine that I disliked had an accident and broke his leg and we put him in an old dilapidated hospital where the doctor told him "Oh yeah, there's no call button in here so if something goes wrong, you'll just have to scream your head off to get the nurse's attention. Fufufu." And when I went outside, they had jeepneys and barbecue stands and a chicharon vendor. In what was supposed to be Japan.

Even my subconscious has a warped/cracky sense of humor.
meissa: (oh rain)
2010-12-01 02:19 am
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My Very Late Review of Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay

The release of The Hunger Games was welcomed by YA fans like the second coming of Christ after the appearance of the Antichrist Twilight. Why was Hunger Games so loved? Well, it had one of the most kick-ass female characters written in the last few years. Katniss Everdeen, The Girl Who Was On Fire, who set alight a country full of people resigned to their fates and incited rebellion. A girl who put not only her life but her humanity on the line to save her sister. She was so awesome, a real hero.

And then Mockingjay came along.

spoilers everywhere )
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2010-11-17 09:26 pm
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Stop! Turn off the lights!

This is not so much a rant but just me rolling my eyes at my wasteful family. ;____;

So my father seems to hate it when I play the part of the Electricity Police. But you can't really blame me. I mean, when I came home today, the following things were ALL on: 2 television sets, 1 desktop PC, three electric fans, and the lights were on in 4 (yes, FOUR) rooms!  And this is keeping mind that before I got home, THERE WERE ONLY TWO OF THEM IN THE HOUSE.

Really, I'm the one paying all the utility bills here.  ;___; I still remember one time, during the summer, when the electric bill went up to SIX THOUSAND PESOS because they had their airconditioner on 24/7.  I was especially bitter about paying for that because I don't even have an airconditioner in my room.  I was putting up with a really crappy electric fan -- which eventually broke, to my great joy, as it gave me an excuse to move one of the fans in the living room to mine.

If my Dad whines when he has to drive me around out of his way because my trips use up precious gasoline, I have the right whine about their electricity use, right? Right!

Anyway, this was tonight's dinner
Asian food trip
Well-represented: Japan, China, and Korea!
(Takoyaki, dumplings, garlic potatoes from a Korean restaurant?)
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2010-11-05 08:59 pm

Random Writery Wailing

1) WHY did I think it would be a good idea to write a story with two separate but converging POVs?

2) WHY did I think it might BE EVEN BETTER if one started where the other ended and went backwards until the convergence? Rearranging things now and trying to make it so the tone of one POV transitions well with the next is a PAIN.

3) Why am I writing four completely different things at once? Namely
  1. post-apocalyptic fantasy aka Dream Weaver
  2. weird paranormal squicky dark fic...thing
  3. gen crack
Well, okay, the crack is not that different from MOAR CRACK.

4) I hate present tense narration/POV.

5) I really AM researching enzymes for fiction with possibly as much dedication as I do for academic papers and presentations!

Also, posting out of order in communities is also not possible in Dreamwidth? Sorry if there's anyone watching the [community profile] oneshinyapple comm and getting a flood of chapters. (Wait, there's only a couple of people watching the comm. WATCH IT?)

Hmmm...I need prompts for short stories (that are not of the fan fictiony sort, mostly).  I just want to write more.
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2010-09-26 09:21 pm

Just a Small Announcement

In an effort to clean up my accounts and also because I just think that Dreamwidth provides a better environment for writing than Livejournal, I'm closing down [ profile] danceofstars and moving all of my writing to the Dreamwidth community [community profile] oneshinyapple .  I'm not going to delete the LJ account for now but I will no longer be updating it.  All old chapters will be posted to the new comm, though, so nothing will be lost even if I do decide to delete it.  Except comments, but I'll keep them in my heart! <3

I just think that Dreamwidth, in general, is a better place to have my writing out, and it's easier to interact with people here (or so I think).  Also, I have a bajillion LJ accounts at this point -- sockpuppets, rp accounts, and I just made an account for fanfics, god damn it. (I just really cannot let go of my JE/Dragon Quest crossover idea, okay, I hate you.  And by you, I clearly mean my own mind.)  I suppose I could have used my writing account or even the DW comm for posting those, but I seriously do not want to expose people that are sane to the complete crack that's been seeping out of my brain (unless they want to).  People in the fandom are not sane, so I guess it's okay to expose them.

ETA: Also, I might make it so that you can no longer comment on this LJ whenever I crosspost an entry from [personal profile] meissa so you'll have to comment on Dreamwidth.  (This is just a might, I don't know.  LJ just really pissed me off with the stupid Facebook thing so even though it's been sort of fixed, it still really annoys me.)
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2010-07-26 10:55 pm

In Which I Spam You With Pictures. Of Books.

Ah, I spent ALL day organizing the library in my room because I'm planning on donating some books to a reading center. It was very hot, tiring, and sticky work. When I washed up after I was done, mud was dripping off my arms, that's how dusty my books were. But you can't really blame me, can you, when the library in my bedroom alone looks like this:


And this is just 50% of all the books in my house. I kid you not. Not pictured are my geeky science/math books, my comic books, my mother's collection (which are in the living room), my Nat Geo mags, and a pile of classics that no one wants to take responsibility for and which no one has touched since I graduated.

For more pictures and book commentary! )
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2010-07-24 12:12 am

Travelogue Volume 02: Bohol

Hi, guys! This post had an entirely different introduction when I started writing it (mostly to do with hearts breaking or people cackling in glee over fandom) but it's taken me so long to finish this darn thing that I had to remove it. Anyway...

Welcome to Volume 2 of Daimira's Travelogue! Yay?

Today, I will introduce you to my favorite little island in the entire world. I have visited it more than once -- twice, lol -- and I love it a lot. It's a small place in the Visayan region of the Philippines, a tropical haven called Bohol.

"Come hither," said the Tarsier.

Hey, that sort of rhymed! )
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2010-07-06 11:23 pm

In Which I Share Music Again and Hope for Good Karma

Well, it's happening again. It's been over a year since my last music spam. As such, my accumulated good karma is running low and I am actually starting to HEAR Justin Bieber's songs. I've been aware of him since he, uh, happened, but I've been blissfully unaware of his music (AND his personality) until recently. Clearly it's time to make more offerings and appease the gods. And so...

Music Spam #4!

Theme: Star-crossed romance, separation, lots of pain, lots of PIANO~
Here Be Music! Also, I TYPE TOO MUCH. )